"We tell ourselves stories in order to live."  --Joan Didion


Coming on October 11, 2022, She Writes Press 

With Fairley's second memoir, she chronicles her experience during the early years of Title IX and sorts through the lifelong impact of the backbreaking and sometimes soul-crushing work of competitive swimming.

Coming on October 11, 2022, published by She Writes Press 

“Swimming for My Life gripped me from the first chapter. Kim Fairley has an important story to tell, and she tells it beautifully as well as accurately. I am impressed by her willingness to revisit her life choices, seeking to understand, not justify, her decisions. The struggles she faced in the pool barely compare to the challenges she faced out of the water, and the lessons she learned are important ones for all of us.”

—John Naber, Olympic swimming champion, broadcaster, and author of Awaken the Olympian Within


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A Memoir

In Shooting Out the Lights, Kim Fairley tells the story of her marriage to Vern, a man who was thirty-two years her senior, and how the relationship nearly unraveled their first summer when Vern brought a child from his past into the home to live with them.


Boreal Ties: Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition

". . . the stories of these famed Arctic explorers, and the native people with whom they came in contact, are told photographically through unique, absolutely gorgeous, and technically outstanding photographs . . . the absolute best of historic Arctic photography."

--Katherine Kirkpatrick, author of The Snow Baby: The Arctic Childhood of Admiral Robert E. Peary's Daring Daughter and Between Two Worlds.


Photographs and Two Diaries of the 1901 Peary Relief Expedition

In 1899 Robert Peary, exploring northern Greenland in search of the North Pole, lost seven toes to frostbite but refused to cut his exploration short to seek treatment. When his wife learned of his condition, she and their seven-year-old daughter set off in July 1900 to find Peary and persuade him to come home. The 1901 expedition documented in this fascinating book was organized to deliver supplies to Peary and to search for his wife and child.


 “Maybe nostalgia is a form of longing. It aches for history . . . My place. My people.”

    —Patricia Hampl,  Author of The Florist's Daughter